Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister has issued a stark warning that the ongoing migrant crisis could break up the European Union (EU).
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Jean Asselborn (pictured above), said that the migrant crisis could lead to the reintroduction of border controls between EU member states and disintegration of the EU itself, reports German television news channel N24.
Mr Asselborn, whose country currently holds the rotational Presidency of the Council of the EU, drew attention to a contrast in approaches from member states. He claims that Germany and most EU countries understand the application of the 1951 Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, but that some members fail to adopt properly the values of the organisation which he said are not limited to tangible treaty rights.
“The glue that holds us together,” he said, “is still the culture of human values. And this misguided nationalism can lead to actual war.”
Apparently rejecting voters’ growing discontent with migrant policy across the EU, Mr Asselborn accused certain politicians and political parties of exploiting the issue of migration and stoking fears.